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Prime Minister's political agenda in Paris: development of bilateral relations with France and refugee crisis

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2015 10 23

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During his visit to Paris, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius talked with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

“France is an important Lithuania’s political and economic partner, as well as a strong ally in NATO. You are among our biggest trading partners, but the full potential remains still untapped, as we see ample opportunities in the field of investments”, said the Prime Minister and continued by expressing appreciation to Valls for the country's contribution to the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic States and extending an invitation to the French Prime Minister to visit Lithuania any time at his convenience.

The meeting of the Prime Minister with the first Vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, circled around the issue of migration, especially in the southern states, as well as the necessity to reinforce border security. Algirdas Butkevičius was informed about European Commission’s measures taken to overcome the southern border security problem. It was noted in the meeting that the recent events in Syria force people to leave their homes, which increases the flow of migrants to Europe.